Bead weaving for fashion and textiles

Course Dates: 21/03/22 - 11/04/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn the basics of off-loom bead weaving from the comfort of your home and open up to a milliard of possibilities. These techniques can be applied to jewellery and accessory design as well as object embellishment for fashion and textiles.
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Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00

Course Code: VX458

Mon, eve, 21 Mar - 11 Apr '22

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

Off-loom bead weaving is done by using a needle and thread to stitch tiny beads together creating intricate chains, fabric of beads, tubular and circular beadwork. On this online course we will learn some of the main bead weaving stitches and we will make swatches to create a sample box for future use and reference. This is a fast paced short course that has been designed to be taught online. Students are expected to read the handouts provided and to practice techniques to incorporate them. You will be given all the necessary tools and advice to carry on to future bead weaving projects.

What will we cover?

- Learn stitch variations using Japanese seed bead and cylinder beads
- Tips and tricks for bead weaving
- Peyote stitch, tubular peyote, brick stitch, herringbone stitch and flat right angle weave will be taught.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate the basics of bead weaving
- Make your own samples pieces using the taught techniques
- Independently explore making beaded bracelets, necklaces, rings and brooches
- Plan and create your own designs, adapting skills to add embellishment to objects and garments
- Describe the basics of bead weaving ready to develop your skills further.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is designed for beginners. No previous knowledge is required, but if you have some knowledge of sewing or embroidery that would be an advantage. You should be quite patient and enjoy working individually. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support each class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with online practical demonstrations to the group and individual help where needed. Digital handouts, homework and useful links will be provided and you should get yourself familiar with google classroom before starting the course. Examples of bead weaving design work will be shown as well as a variety of books recommendations and visual presentations. There will be some informal group discussions and feedback will be given both individually and within the group.
Any flat and firm surface, from desk to tabletop is adequate. You will need space to work on your stitches, lay your mat and work on your sketchbook. Most good lighting prevents eyestrain and it's probably the most important piece of equipment, so a good lamp is highly recommended. A nice and comfortable chair is important too. A computer or laptop with a fully updated google chrome browser works best for live sessions or you can use a tablet or phone for zoom sessions but your device will need a microphone and a camera. Using headphones with microphones are advisable as these block out all room noise in live online sessions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please note that you will need to purchase the following items for the course:
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- Beadalon Wildfire Beading Thread Black* .006 in (.15 mm), 50 yd. (45 meters) (It is recommended to buy black or dark colour for the beading thread to make it easier to see it and facilitate learning the stitches)
- 3 Beading Needles, size 10-15
- Scissors
- A small mat, tray or scrap fabric that can be used use to keep the beads contained
- A small box to gather your samples
- A notebook and a pen

Toho seed beadssize 10, 8 and 6, 6 -9 grs each size


Miyuki Delica cylinder beadssize 10 and 8, 6 - 9 grs each size

- 6 or 8mm bicone beads, 1- 3 grs each size.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Have a browse of our other Beading or Constructed textiles courses on the links above.

Renata Minoldo

Renata Minoldo is an artist and educator exploring the physical and emotional body through textiles, sculpture and experiences with people. She has an academic training in Fashion and Visual Arts and hands on experience in the Fashion Industry working in London and New York. She is interested in alternative ways to approaching art education, aiming to stimulate an intuitive learning and focusing on the individual processes and needs. She works with a wide variety of people, from children in galleries and primary schools to teenagers and older adults in community centres, charities and public spaces. Her work has been awarded with residencies internationally.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.